Broncos vs. Chiefs: Preview, Key Matchup and Prediction

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent INovember 9, 2011

The Chiefs and Broncos will square off for the first time this season on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs and Broncos will square off for the first time this season on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs will play host to the Denver Broncos in a pivotal division matchup at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 10.

Denver comes into the game at 3-5, after a surprising win over the Raiders on the road last week.

Kansas City checks into the contest at an even .500, with a 4-4 record.

KC was riding a four-game winning streak into last Sunday's tilt with the Dolphins before they were handed a disappointing 31-3 loss at home.

With both teams still in the race for the AFC West division title, the stakes will be upped for this matchup on Sunday.


When Denver Has the Ball

On offense, the Broncos have a solid RB in veteran Willis McGahee, who has already rushed for over 600 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Second-year QB Tim Tebow leads the Broncos offense, as he is a threat in both the passing game and running game.

Also look out for wideout Eric Decker, who leads the team with 406 receiving yards and six touchdowns.


When Kansas City Has the Ball

KC's offense is led by veteran signal caller Matt Cassel, who has been very inconsistent so far this season.

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel hopes to lead his team to their fifth win of the season this weekend.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel hopes to lead his team to their fifth win of the season this weekend.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

He has thrown for over 1,600 yards, while completing over 61 percent of his passes but also has tossed nine TD passes and nine interceptions.

When Cassel goes to the air, he usually looks for Pro Bowl receiver Dwayne Bowe and former Arizona Cardinal wideout Steve Breaston.

Journeyman RB Jackie Battle has been getting the bulk of the carries at that position, as he has already rushed for 342 yards and a touchdown after taking over for the injured Jamaal Charles this season.


When Denver Is on Defense

The Broncos defense has two of the more exciting players to watch in the division on that side of the ball.

Rookie LB Von Miller is tied with San Francisco's Aldon Smith for sacks among first-year players with 6.5.

Ten-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey spearheads a Denver secondary that is currently ranked 23rd in the league against the pass, giving up about 258 yards through the air each game.


When Kansas City Is on Defense

The Chiefs defense has been one of the biggest mysteries that has surrounded their team so far in 2011.

They have struggled mightily at times, but still possess playmakers like CB Brandon Flowers and OLB Tamba Hali on that side of the ball.

Also, veteran ILB Derrick Johnson has been a tackling machine this season, with a team-high 62 tackles to lead the squad.


Key Matchup: Tim Tebow vs. Kansas City Defensive Front Seven

Tebow has used his dual-threat ability to lead his team to wins in two out of their last three games. If the Chiefs' front seven can keep the Denver quarterback at bay, they should be able to win the game.

If not, then KC could easily be handed their second straight loss at home. 

Prediction: Chiefs 24, Broncos 14

I think that KC will be fired up for this divisional game, and I see the offense finally getting it going as Tebow struggles in his first career start at Arrowhead Stadium. 


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